AS I write this blog I now have just one final signing of my WHSmith ‘The Shift’ Scottish signing tour left, in my home city of Stirling, tomorrow, Christmas Eve, 11am to 3pm.
It is amazing to think that I’ve travelled 1400 miles in racking up 996 book sales and now have only four left to break the I000 mark for the tour…not a bad return!
But what I really enjoy about getting out and about is meeting people and I have met some very interesting individuals on my travels…believe me!
In Aberdeen three weeks back I was assailed by an elderly lady who told me she could not buy my books because they would be full of profanity!
I assured her any such profanity was realistic and not just for the sake of it and showed her the inside cover of ‘The Shift’, which has a picture of my next book ‘The Blood Acre’, the title of which I explained to the lady was taken from ‘The Good Book’.
She subsequently admitted that the story behind this was indeed fascinating but then boomed back at me that there was still: “No way will I be buying your book young man!” and swept of regally.
In East Kilbride I was on the end of a verbal volley from a young lady who was a little bit too full of the seasonal Christmas cheer and claimed that I had told her I was a councillor when she had approached me for the first time half an hour earlier!
When I assured her that was not the case and that I was only a humble author she then explained that she had partaken of some liquid festive cheer before we had first met and then sought further refreshment before returning for a second bite at the cherry.
With yours truly left speechless she told me that she would indeed but a copy of ‘The Shift’ and demanded a personalised message for her troubles!
Yesterday in Hamilton I wished a man ‘Happy Christmas’ and was met by a tirade about how “insensitive” l was as his wife had just died…
Oh yes and I’ve also been accused of being a “typical ex-cop who thinks he knows it all”!!!
Yet it has been an overwhelmingly positive experience to meet and talk with so many book lovers and I hope that when people all over Scotland open up their Christmas presents and discover a copy of ‘The Shift’ in the wrapping they will enjoy becoming immersed in Thoroughgood’s 1989 and enjoy a read that will acquaint them with characters, locations and a world of betrayal, heartbreak and revenge that will have them coming back for The Blood Acre when it comes out next April/May.
So there we go the end is nigh but really it is just the beginning…I hope!
A very happy Christmas and all the very best for 2017 to everyone out there whom I have met all over Scotland and especially to those who bought my books and those who have supported all my efforts from behind the scenes!!!